Passover. The time of year when we say bye-bye brownies and hello matzah brie! For a whole week, Jews will celebrate the freedom of our people from the Egyptian Pharaoh. We gather together for seders to retell the story of the Exodus.
We also spend the week without many things we enjoy year-round, foods with leavening. Avoiding leavened foods during Passover is a way to remember how our ancestors had to flee so quickly that they couldn’t even wait for their bread to rise.
Behold the birth of the matzah. This flat, mostly flavorless, cracker that can go great with everything from tuna salad to chocolate. So weird, I know. It’s a very versatile cracker that is a Passover staple.
I remember going to school and everyone would have turkey sandwiches on Kaiser rolls, while I had cream cheese and jelly on Matzah that would get soggy or crumble at the first bite. I was not a big fan. Unless it was for desserts.
My mom would make many Passover-friendly treats and desserts—some from a box, most from her culinary genius. Thankfully we didn’t miss our sweet treats that week.
One thing she made every year that I loved was Chocolate Toffee Matzah.
This stuff is so good! It’s like those mini candy bars. You’ve had ten before you know it, but it’s okay because they are mini? You will never have just one piece.
The recipe is super easy and fun to make with the kids (just be careful of the boiling sugar!). It’s a recipe you can make quickly for a last-minute seder treat that everyone will love. I promise there will be none left by the end of the night!
May your holiday be a wonderful one spent reflecting and enjoying time with loved ones. Jag Pesach Sameach!
Chocolate Toffee Matzah
- 1 Rimmed baking sheet
- Aluminum foil to line the baking sheet
- 1 Small pot
- 2 Spatulas
- 4 Matzah crackers
- 1.5 sticks Unsalted butter
- 1.5 cups Dark brown sugar
- 2 cups Chocolate chips These can be milk, dark, smemi-sweet, white, etc. Also depending on your traditions there is an array of kosher for passover chocolate.
- Coconut shavings, sprinkles, or nuts for topping (optional)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place matzah crackers in a single layer to cover baking sheet. You will have to break them up a bit to have them fit.
- Melt butter and brown sugar in a small pot. Stirring occasionally. Bring it to a full boil (not just the edges). Wait about 2 minutes (still stirring occasionally) for butter and sugar to fully incorporate.
- Pour mixture over prepped matzah and use a spatula to spread it over the entire baking sheet. Try to get it as even as possible, but don't worry about it too much because it will even out in the oven.
- Place baking sheet in the over for 10 minutes (or until the sugar butter mixture is bubbling).
- Take sheet out of the oven and pour on your chocolate chips. Wait a couple minutes and use a spatula to spread the chocolate chips over the whole sheet of Matzah.
- Add any other topping you like and place in the refrigerator to cool.
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